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Progressive metal act Sarpedon announce new album

Progressive metal act SARPEDON announces the release of their second new album “Before The Nightingale Sings”,  a follow up of the 2014 debut “Anomic Nation”.

Drummer Carl Engstrøm stated: “We’re very happy to announce the release of our second album “Before The Nightingale Sings”. It has been a long and difficult process to get this album finished but finally the day has come for its release and we could not be happier and proud about the result”.

Vocalist Göran Nyström stated: “In May 2016 I was contacted by Torgeir (ex guitar player) regarding vocals on the new Sarpedon album. I listened to their previous album and made a rough demo of the song “Anomic Nation”. It worked for both me and the band and in November 2016 I flew to Oslo to record vocals for the new album. The studio was located a couple of miles outside of Oslo and it had some pretty good gear. It was three hectic days in the studio with frozen pizza and singing. It’s the heaviest album I’ve ever recorded and I can’t wait for you to listen to it!”

The album was recorded at Toproom and Hemstad studios, mixed by Børge Finstadand Matias Aaveren at Toproom studios and mastered by Kjetil Ottersen at Vektor Facilities studios. The album cover was done by the French designer Paul “Paulusk” Gonzalvez.

1. Spiritual War
2. Creeping Chaos
3. The Enemy
4. Eye Of The Storm
5. The Maelstrom
6. The First Sun
7. The Nightingale
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Tarja Turunen new video ”Dead Promises”

TARJA TURUNEN released a new lyric video for the new song taken from the upcoming new album, ”Dead Promises”.

The aggression she speaks of is brought to the front, not threatening to shatter something fragile, but reinforcing its power. Fans will find that the album includes an amazing duet version of the song with guest vocals by Björn Strid of SOILWORK.

Interview – Gorilla Pulp

It was a pleasure to have a chat with GORILLA PULP after 4 years. The Italian stoner rock act released a new album in 2017 called “Heavy Lips“ and this year looks like are happening more fun and interesting stuffs and to find out about these all, you can read below and interview I had with Maurice (vocals and guitar) and Angelo (guitar).

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Hello guys and welcome back to Romania, as I know you were here last year aswell to a jazz festival or something like that…
Maurice- Yeah last year to Transylvania Blues festival in Brasov, was amazing!

And tonight is your first time playing here in Bucharest. What expectations do you have from the crowd tonight?
Maurice- I hope that it would be a good crowd, we will make a lot of noise and we will enjoy the show!

So it’s been a while since we had our first interview, 4 years ago.
Maurice- Yeah, long time ago, the first work, the first EP. This year is our 5th year of Gorilla so we are celebrating our 5th birthday.

Back in 2015 we spoke about the debut album andf the EP if I remember well, in 2017 youțve released a new album called “Heavy Lips“. What is the feedback on the songs from the corwd during the gigs?
Maurice- Ah is a good feedback, people usually enjoy rock n roll stuffs, we are playing a mix of stoner rock, blues stuffs and bit melodic, bit groovy, then people seems that they’re enjoying the shows everytime and the beautiful thing is that we are always celebrating the women, also because today is Women’s Day and this is very good because the difference between metal and stoner rock and other genres is that a lot of women are coming to our shows.

Your music has a lot of elements and vibes from the 80’s and 90’s, when I’m listening to your songs, especially the riffs it sends me to bands like Thin Lizzy maybe, some Motorhead here and there, how do you manage to find the perfect sound for your music?
Angelo- Usually in the practice room we are like “Hey, I got a new riff, listen!“  and we all work togheter to our songs. In every part of our songs you can listen my sound, Maurice’s sound, Choris sound and Giorgio’s sound, is all special for us, is our trade.
Maurice- We find our perfection in our practice room; practice, practice, practice and we find what we want. We are also very lucky to have Choris’s bass, that he’s building amps.

What about a new album, are you going to release a new one, considering that every 2 years you have released one.
Maurice– Yes, we are going to release it maybe in 2020 because this year we are going to make a split album and we are going to be on the compilation, we’re going to record a few stuffs and managing it with our producer for the new stuffs, so not an album this year.

I noticed also starting from your logo and then your pictures and the videos that somehow, they are looking in retro style and times. I think there are rare bands that I’ve seen being like this so why did you choose going this way?
Maurice- Because the 70’s and 80’s are the years that I like the most, is what we like, we don’t do it just for fancy things, so yeah, we like to be this way. What you see is what we are!

 

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You’re trying to be original as much as possible.
Maurice- Yes, original as we are in order to let people see what we are inside and outside.

I also want to find out about the band’s origin name, Gorilla Pulp, it’s like you created your own world, a jungle.
Maurice- We wanted to make the name like a big animal, we also loved and added the name “pulp“ from the movie  and also Th Gorilla game, so the flesh of the gorilla and the pulp is the music. The 2 names were very good togheter.
Angelo- And we are very noisy guys like a monkey! (laughs)

Hahaha, that was a good one! Are you going to have more gigs this year aswell?
Murice- Of course, we are going to open for Jon Spencer this month and we are already confirmed for 2 festivals and we are also planning the autumn tour for this year, the last leg of “Heavy Lips“ .

And the last question is, what do you consider to be the best goal that Gorilla Pulp have achieved?
Maurice- The best goal of this year will be featured on the new video game with the soundtrack for Playstation, Xbox, PC video game that is called “Wreckfest“. The best is to see our song finally in the game.

Nice! I did not know about the game thing. I’ll definitely chek this out maybe, even that I’m not a gamer.
Angelo- He’s a gamer (pointing to Giorgio-drums).

I can’t wait to see you performing tonight. When I saw on the fest poster your name I said to myself that I must go to see you, because we’ve also talked before so I know about you! Thx a lot for the interview again!
Maurice- Thx a lot too and good luck to you. Cheers and rock n roll!

 

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Festival Review: NummiRock 2018: Mid-?Summer? Festival???

 

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Nummirock is one the longest running festivals here in Finland and from what one of the festival goers told me, it has been going since the 1920’s.  Of course, it was not always metal festival, it originally was a jazz and traditional music festival and in the late 70’s and 80’s it transitioned into the hard rock metal festival it is today.

So, this would be the first year I was going to get to personally attend the festival and at mid-summer.  So, I was hoping for nice weather and great music…well…the music part came through.

Only in Finland will mid-summer be in the teens, windy and rainy…woo-hoo break out the Bermuda shorts and take off the t-shirts baby!!!!!  Well despite all this the line up here for Nummirock was strong and getting to see Sodom and Saxon live for the first time was also a special treat for me.  Also, I got a few pleasant surprises from some bands which I will detail in my summary of each band below.  So, as I get over my pneumonia please enjoy the review! Continue reading Festival Review: NummiRock 2018: Mid-?Summer? Festival???

Troubleshot debut EP ”Revive” is out

Dutch heavy metal act, Troubleshot, presents their debut EP Revive, which is out today.

Troubleshot was founded by basplayer Marijn Galis in 2011. Back then only member of the band. A 3-song EP was released on Soundcloud but the project winded up in the fridge again until summer of 2016. New members were found and the project Troubleshot evolved into a real band! With this official first line up they started writing material for a debut album and of course to perform live. Short pointy rock songs with a hint of metal. And not a typical male growling voice behind the mic but female singer Frankie Who. A cool combination of heavy music and melodic singing.

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Listen to the EP on:
Deezer: https://www.deezer.com/us/album/56709612
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2VsAsLO6hckToT0Imptkgf
Google play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Troubleshot_Revive